Basil’s Glacial Training Log – 03.30.2014

If you’re tired of (or too old to use) the word “epic”, I’ve got a new synonym for you. Glacial. T’will be my go-to phrase for all the amazing, ginormous and brilliant life events heretoforth. (What? The kids don’t say heretoforth anymore? I must be totes out of the loop.)

Yesterday afternoon, I dragged the kids away from the bouncy-house birthday party a few minutes early, raced home, threw some winter gear and snacks in the car, and shouted out instructions to take one last potty break and get in the car. (I don’t care if you don’t have to go! Just try. What? You can’t possibly have tried. It’s only been 20 seconds!)

My husband had a rare day off and we were determined not to squander the gorgeous spring day Alaska had given us. We drove about an hour to a lake I’d read about on one of the skate ski forums. I guessed it would be about a two mile hike on the frozen lake to see a glacier. It turned out to be nearly 5.5 miles round trip, but everyone forgave me as soon as we caught sight of the halfway point. It was epic glacial!

Those little dots at the bottom of the picture are my people.
Those little dots at the bottom of the picture are my people.
Oh nothing much, just taking a Saturday stroll to see a glacier.
Oh nothing much, just taking a Saturday stroll to see a glacier.

As for the training this week, it wasn’t exactly glacial, but it was decent. It was a step-back week in terms of mileage (80% of my 60 mile peak), but still included one tough “quality” workout. Here’s how it all broke down:

Monday – 6 miles easy – Another sunny, fairly warm day. A lot of melting, dripping ice that refreezes at night on the trails, so I had to navigate through lots of icy patches. Even so, there are several nice stretches of clear pavement that make the run so much better. This run actually felt like an easy run is supposed to–easy!!

Tuesday – 17 miles (8:55 avg) Still dodging lots of ice, but the temps and sun made it worth getting outside. Saw a bald eagle flying across my route–absolutely stunning. This was my longest run since the marathon (now nearly 10 weeks ago!), and it was tiring, for sure, but overall felt really good.

Wednesday – 6 miles easy – Forgot to start the Garmin so this turned into a nice and easy, don’t worry about time, sort-of run with my friend Beth. The miles go by so much faster with company. Really enjoyed this run, even though we still had lots of ice to dodge.

Thursday – 6 miles (8:42 avg) – Another easy one outside! Gorgeous morning, still cold and icy, but lots of sun. And two more bald eagle sightings! There was a pair flying together over the trail, and then they stopped on the top of one of the pine trees. Even with all the cold and long winters, I’m so grateful to get to live in a place like this.

Friday – 13 miles (7:57 avg) with 7 at tempo (7:30) – Woohoo! Finally ran a tempo that I don’t feel awful about! 4 miles easy, 3 miles at 7:30, 2 min rest, 2 miles at 7:30, 2 min rest, 2 miles at 7:30, 2 miles easy. I had to really psych myself up for this run, and ended up opting for the treadmill so I couldn’t use the ice as an excuse for not hitting the paces. While a 7 mile continuous tempo still seems impossible, the 3+2+2 felt doable. Overall, a great workout.

Saturday – off / 5 mile glacier hike with the family

Sunday – off / skate-skiing with the kids in tow. Only had time for about a half hour of practicing my “technique” (i.e. figuring out what the heck to do on these skis….I am still 100 notches short of graceful), but it was fun to mix it up and get outside.

Total – 48 miles


Recovering corporate hamster-wheeler turned Alaskan hausfrau, mother of two and running enthusiast. Kind of a June Cleaver in tempo shorts...minus the makeup and vacuum. Will run to great lengths to get a moment of peace.

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  1. Amazing photos! I had the good fortune to spend 6 weeks in Alaska when I was 17 – hiking, climbing, sea-kayakingโ€ฆall those things you can spend six weeks doing when you are young with no responsibilities. I will never forget the beautiful tidewater glaciers in Glacier Bay. So beautiful and humbling! I hope to get back there someday.